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Aug 25, 2013 1:00pm EDT
detroit? we'll look at the upsides and the down sides of an ever more urban world. we've got a terrific battle that has some surprising ideas. >>> also, "les miserables." it turns out that the book by victor hugo is the all-time favorite novel of a middle eastern leader that the west counts as an enemy. i will explain. >>> but first, here's my take. we are watching a season of discontent in a world of young democracies, from egypt to turkey to brazil. protest marches and one coup. as we watched the turbulence around the world, i think about our own democratic journey and how interesting it is that the distinctive feature of the american system is not how democratic it is, but rather, how undemocratic it is. hear me out -- we have three co-equal branches of government. and the one with the final say on many issues, the supreme court is composed of nine unelected men and women. the american senate is the most unrepresentative upper house in the democratic universe, with the exception of britain's house of lords, which is utterly powerless. california's 38 million people have the same repr
CNN
Aug 4, 2013 7:00am PDT
mobility down by geography. for example, if you were born in a detroit family in the bottom fifth of the income levels, you would have a 5% chance of making it to the top fifth. but if you were born in san diego, your chances are twice as good. why? we're going to get to the bottom of this. raj chetty is one of the authors of the study. he is an economist at harvard and won the macarthur genius grant last year. je jeff sachs is the author of "the price of civilization." megan mccartle is a journalist who has written for the atlantic and scott is a fellow at the brookings institution. welcome all. raj, what did you think as one of the authors of this fascinating study, what are the big takeaways that you get out of it? >> so the basic fact from this study is that there's a great deal of variation within the u.s. in rates of upward income mobility. so traditionally people often perceive the u.s. as the land of opportunity. as you were saying, recently people have become concerned that upward mobility is declining in the u.s. relative to other countries. what we're showing in this st
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